Skills for the future: the challenges of human capital formation in Latin America

Hosted by the Global South Unit

Thai Theatre, New Academic Building,


Dr Lucila Berniell


Professor Chris Alden

If Latin America is to move onto a path of sustained and inclusive economic growth, it needs to improve the socio-emotional, cognitive and physical skills of its human capital. We will present an evidence-based examination of the policies that must be implemented to achieve this goal.

Lucila Berniell (@luberniell) is a Research/Principal Economist in the Socio-economic Research Department at CAF. In her research, she seeks to understand the formation of human capital in developing countries, with the aim to help design and evaluate public policies to foster skills development. She has worked on education, health, entrepreneurship, and labour programs for the youth, and has co-authored several academic articles and books on her fields of specialization. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Spain). She is currently teaching at Universidad Torcuato Di Tella and at Universidad Nacional de La Plata (Argentina).

Chris Alden is Professor in International Relations, LSE; Director of the LSE Global South Unit; and a former Programme Head, Global Powers and Africa, South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA). He is author/co-author of numerous books and reports, including The South and World Politics (Palgrave 2010), China and Latin America (CLSA 2009), China in Africa (Zed 2007), and co-editor of China Returns to Africa (Hurst 2008), Japan and South Africa (Ashgate 2003) as well as articles in internationally recognised journals. 

The Global South Unit (@LSE_Globalsouth) is a research and teaching initiative based in the International Relations Department of the LSE, aimed at investigating the changing role of the South in shaping the global order.

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